The ISC Cloud conference was held this year in Heidelberg, Germany, providing a unique learning experience and great networking opportunity for professionals from the research, engineering and enterprise communities. This year’s event, the fifth in the series, had a truly international scope, attracting over 100 participants from a number of European countries, Japan and the US.

The conference offered sessions spanning a range of topics, including the latest HPC cloud trends and the successful deployment of cloud technology across industrial and research applications. Other highlights included an Amazon tutorial on using AWS for HPC clusters, a lively vendor panel, a series of talks on EU-backed cloud initiatives, and a discussion by software vendors on how they are moving their offerings into the cloud. In addition, issues related to licensing models, privacy and security were addressed in a number of sessions by vendors and participants alike.

A number of journalists were on-site to cover the event, including the senior editor of International Science Grid This Week (iSGTW), the publisher of Scientific Computing World (SCW), the president and owner of insideHPC, and the editor of Primeur Magazine. Industry analysts Addison Snell and Michael Feldman, of Intersect Research, spoke about the conference in a recent podcast.

Attendees and sponsors had the opportunity to engage in private discussions on the exhibition show floor and during the evening reception. All images captured during the conference can be viewed and downloaded on Flickr.

We hope to see you again soon, this time at the ISC High Performance conference, from July 12-16, 2015 in Frankfurt Germany.



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. Michael Resch

As an HPC cloud skeptic in 2011, Resch predicted that cloud computing was just a hype and would eventually go away. Three years later, he now feels that the cloud provides a practical option for many users with large computing needs. His talk will reflect his latest thoughts on the topic, which will outline ways the technology can benefit mainstream HPC users.